The Hayward Rubber Company
The primarily agricultural town of Colchester began changing dramatically in 1847 when Nathaniel Hayward, owner of a small rubber shoe factory in Lisbon, built a rubber plant on Lebanon Avenue. The company produced rubber shoes and boots attracting nearly 1,000 people to the town to work as laborors in the factory. Mills, farms, retail stores a bank and manufacturing plants soon opened in order to serve the growing community. Nathaniel Hayward was instrumental in the formation of a fire company in 1854 and was involved with the establishment of the Colchester Savings Bank.
In 1865 Nathaniel Hayward died, but the rubber company and the town continued to prosper. In 1893 The Colchester Rubber Company was sold to the U.S. Rubber Company. Soon after the company closed permanently leaving 600 workers without jobs.
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We are grateful to the many people who signed our petition to help save the house from demolition. Our effort is now getting support from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. These two organizations are now actively engaged in helping to save this important Federal style structure as an integral part of the National Registered Village District in Colchester.
If you want to continue to help save this house from demolition, please write a letter of support to: The State Historic Preservation Office, Attention Todd Levine, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 5, Hartford, CT 06103. A hearing in front of the Historic Preservation Council will be held in early September to determine the fate of the house. Your letter to SHPO can make a difference. Thank you.
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